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FIRESTONE — Matt Holcomb views the town as well-positioned for a new chapter after the national economic downturn, and he would like to be one of the leaders for the push forward. Holcomb, who was elected to the Board of Trustees first in 2008 and then re-elected for a second term in 2012, says he his passion for Firestone prompted his run for mayor.
“When I became a Trustee six years ago, the town was in a little bit of uncertain times,” Holcomb said. “I don’t know if our relationships with some of the other entities around us were quite as good as they could be.”
In 2008, Firestone and Longmont were involved in a dispute over borders, which resulted in multiple lawsuits. Holcomb campaigned on improving Firestone’s relationships with neighboring municipalities.
“I look back over those six years, and I think we have gotten better,” Holcomb said. “We have better relationships with the people around us. I think we have improved communication both internally and externally with other entities.”
He was elected alongside Mayor Chad Auer, who is term limited from another run for mayor.
“I have pretty big shoes to fill,” Holcomb said. “Chad has done a good job as mayor.”
The Board of Trustees consists of the mayor and six trustee members, all of whom are elected by residents. The mayor serves a two-year term, while trustees serve four-year terms.
He praised town staff and the board of trustees for response to last fall’s flood, and if elected mayor, Holcomb said the town should maintain its level of preparedness.
“We had a little bit of infrastructure damage, but I think we weathered the storm just fine,” Holcomb said.
Holcomb has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a masters degree in organizational management.
“I worked in the corporate world until 12 years ago, and then started my own business, a liquor store here in the town,” Holcomb said, referring to his business, Cimarron Liquors. “And I’ve been doing that for about 10 years.”
Firestone is on the “cusp of a new round of growth,” and if elected, Holcomb wants the town to plan for the new economic activity appropriately.
“We need to evaluate, ‘are we getting the right mix of businesses to residents?’” Holcomb said. “We need to ensure that we continue to grow smartly.”
Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.